A Domain Name is the address someone would use to find your website, much like your street address tells someone where to find your house. You must pay a fee every year to keep your domain name. This name is then “pointed” to, or associated with, your website.
Hosting services pertain to the space at which your website lives. Your website needs a space on a server, somewhere for the website files to live. When someone types in your domain name, it is associated with a record of where the website lives. This tells the browser where to find the site. You must pay a fee for this space as well.
Your domain name and hosting services are two separate things which can generate two separate bills. If you decide to transfer your website to a different hosting service, you must maintain your domain name or risk losing your online identity. Ideally, your web company will handle both tasks generating just one bill.
1) Go to your domain name registrar company on the Web. Log in to your account by typing your username and password in the appropriate fields. Wait for the page to download completely to see the list of your domain names.
2) Select your new domain name. If you have multiple domain names you will want to make sure you choose the correct name. Choose only the name of the domain that you wish to edit.
3) Go to the domain name’s control panel or configuration page by clicking on the provided link. Choose the link that will allow you to change the domain name’s name servers from the different configuration options.
4) Delete the old name servers from the field and enter the new name servers. Enter the correct name server codes for the primary and secondary fields. If you do not have the new name servers, please use the Contact Us link at the top of this page to request the proper servers.
5) Save the changes you made. Depending on your registrar company, the modifications you made may take from 24 to 48 hours before they can take effect.
Many domain name registrars send out notices, and bills, even though you do not have your domain name registered with them. Worse, they tend to charge more money, and, sometimes they can tie up your domain name to the point where you end up losing it or paying an extraordinary sum of money to get it back.
For most clients, your web site included a domain name and is included and paid for with your annual fee. If you get a domain name renewal notice or bill, please do not renew or pay without checking with contacting us. We will be happy to assist you in whatever way we can.
For the record, a domain name should only cost approximately $12. Normally, the companies that send out notices charge significantly more.
Following are examples of domain renewal notices that are not legitimate. We will be posting more as we can.
Web Domain Listings
Domain Registry of America
No Company Identified
Domain Registration SEO Service Corporation
The people behind this scam continually change their company name and URL, however the Email remains very similar to what we have posted below.
iDNS Internet Domain Name Services